We spotted our first woodcock of the season in the brush along the driveway this evening.
A pair of Wood Duck on Seagull Lake, sighted 5/5/06. Magnolia Warbler have returned, White-throated Sparrow are singing, Common Loon, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Goldeneye, Mallard, Common and Hooded Merganser, all very active.
The black bear are out; time to take in those vulnerable bird feeders. Lots of Broad-winged Hawk migrating through, or into the County, as well as Merlin, Kestril, numerous sparrow species, kinglets, and the first warblers. Bloodroot, violets, and Virginia Bluebells coming up in the woods. Also, Yellow-head Blackbird spotted in Grand Marais on May 2.
Thanks to Sue McDonnell for pointing out this link which tracks the annual migration of hummingbirds. Remember to post your first sighting here on boreal's new phenology forum!